The premiere of "Legions" by Dariusz Gajewski takes place in Złote Tarasy in Warsaw. Earlier, the makers talked at a special press conference on the background of the production. "I was convinced that Darek would guarantee me a cinema without clichés," said Maciej Pawlicki, the producer of the film.
The gala will be conducted by Tomasz Wolny.
It is a very strange feeling to see lancers, paramedics, doctors of Polish legions. Some say "the magic of cinema", others "the mission of cinema", but you have to say "finally". Finally, a picture in front of us, which cleans the spot of Polish history in a spectacular way. It shows heroes we know very little. Who they were, what their everyday lives looked like, why they were ready to sacrifice everything over a hundred years ago in the struggle for free Poland. At last we meet them under the name
With a budget of 27 million PLN, the film is one of the most expensive productions in the history of Polish cinema. About 550 meters of trenches were dug for the film. The costume designers and props also had much to do: 28 uniforms and hats were sewn for film legionnaires, and 40 sets of civilian costumes consumed over a thousand feet of footage. There were also 100 replicas of backpacks of the Austrian army, 780 pairs of shoes were used. Among the props used on the set were, among others, original binoculars by Captain Dunin-Wąsowicz, a foal pistol from the January Uprising (now owned by the writer Waldemar Łysiak), and the Lorraine-Dietrich car from 1913 – the oldest moving car in Poland , A reliable replica of weapons used by legionaries has also been secured. In the film we see the Austrian Mannlicher M1895 rifles, the Russian Mosin rifles, the German CKM Maxim, three cannons model 1902 (for the first time three cannons of the same type, which were played in Polish cinema – for example in the "Battle of Warsaw") only one).
The filmmakers and almost all the actors performed at the gala.
One day Adam Borowski and Tomasz Łysiak came to me and said it was necessary to make a movie about the legions. I thought it was a completely crazy and unreal idea. Later I thought how unreal and crazy the story should be. A million times unreal was what these people did a hundred years ago. How could one not believe that this film would be shot if one believed one million times more difficult and riskier?
– said the producer of the film Maciej Pawlicki.
He added that there were no problems during the shoot.
However, we gathered together to form a group of crazy people who were constantly adding new ones. This team grew constantly. And as you'll see, we've been able to write a story about those who identified their fate, their dreams, their desires and ambitions with the fate of their homeland. They wanted to get their home back. Maybe today we will not speak any other languages thanks to them, we only speak Polish. And I'm glad we can tell her story. We owe that to them
– emphasized Pawlicki.
The producer thanked the crew, the filmmakers, under the direction of director Dariusz Gajewski. He also thanked the man without whom Pawlicki believes that this film was not filmed. We are talking about Andrzej Senkowski, who has invested this film in a difficult moment for purely spiritual reasons.
The Polish economy, with the emphasis on the word Polish, has a duty to honor all the heroes that make us home today. Honor and glory the hero.
– said Andrzej Senkowski and was rewarded with thunderous applause.
Then spoke Adam Borowski.
[fot. Anna Krajkowska]
 The movie was born in 2014 on the centenary of the legionnaire's act. As you will remember, back then there was no company to remember on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this event. I thought that since 1910, when Poland was not there, the Poles erected a Grunwald memorial and brought out a beautiful album for the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, we also need to do something great for the 100th anniversary of independence. We can not omit the anniversary of the Legionnaire deed. Then the idea for the film was born. Many of my friends know which Way of the Cross we went through this project, but it does not matter. I am a happy man because you will see on the screen those who have thrown their fate at the stake. We have a movie. I am sure that you will fall into your heart. It has become a thing that should not happen. A guy from outside the industry has an idea for the most expensive movie of the last decade. And it happened. Open your heart to those who have gained independence for us.
– said Adam Borowski, and Dariusz Gajewski invited numerous assembled spectators to the film.
Among the guests were: Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of National Education Dariusz Piontkowski, Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage Paweł Lewandowski, Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage Jarosław Sellin, as well as Antoni Macierewicz. The dramatic struggle for a free Poland full of spectacular battle scenes is just the background to a fascinating story about passionate affection, friendship and growing up in difficult times, about boys and girls who confess in the name of principles, values and ideals and do not hesitate to throw themselves into it a whirlwind of battle against European tyrants. This life writes the best screenplays. The romantic story of a love triangle is inspired by the wedding of the first lancer of the Second Polish Republic – Bolesław Wieniawa-Długoszowski. In the film we meet Józek, a deserter of the Tsarist army, Tadek-ulan, a member of the shooting crews, and Ola of the Women's Association of the ambulance. Their meeting begins with a turbulent romance that puts the characters to the test.
We will see Sebastian Fabijański, Bartosz Gelner and Wiktoria Wolańska in the lead roles. Actors met today with journalists and talked about the background of the production.
For Wiktoria Wolańska, known to the viewers of the series "Crown of Kings" or "Na Wspólnej", Ola's role was a film debut.
I read a lot about women back then. These girls have done a lot. Some of them shaved off boys, put on men's uniforms and went to fight. It touched me. But the story of my great-grandmother from the Second World War has also inspired me. She was the wife of a military and six hours after the wedding, they separated for 6 years from her grandfather. In her diaries I touched on the yearning that Ola experienced in the film. I felt this pain, everything that happens when the war comes into force – when there is an order and your plans no longer count.
emphasized Wiktoria Wolańska.
Sebastian Fabijański stressed that he wanted to create a hero on the canvas no words.
In those days great emphasis was placed on words. But Józek is a feces that does not speak and do. He sees human suffering and reacts. We have teamed up with the director so that the viewer believes that this hero has no choice. Works and returns without awe. I think that those people who are not surrounded by a cloud, but only acting, are very curious.
– said the actor.
He added that his hero changed in the course of the film.
Charges in Rokitna that last as long on the canvas as they actually last took part in the film Tadek. His role was entrusted to Bartosz Gelner.
The realization of this scene has been a great challenge for both actors and reconstructors and producers. It was captured perfectly. It was fun. With a lot of adrenalin, high insurance …
– said Gelner, who learned riding for his role.
As the actors said, they had the opportunity to attend a special training camp.
It was an integration camp. Wiktoria was the only girl and she was excited because she had no competition.
– Gelner joked.
In the film there are not only fictitious heroes but also historical figures. It includes Brigadier General Józef Piłsudski (Jan Frycz), Captain Zbigniew Dunin-Wąsowicz (Borys Szyc), Lieutenant Jerzy Topór-Kisielnicki (Antoni Pawlicki) or Lieutenant Stanisław Kaszubski pseudo. "The King" (Mirosław Baka).
After the show I trembled. The atmosphere of this last scene touched me.
– said Mirosław Baka.
He added that although there are many Piłsudski experts in our country, few know Kaszubski.
on the script so as not to bend. I really wanted to do it. However, together with Grzegorz Małecki we prepared ourselves for the fight scene. We met often. It is not easy to wave sabers near the head, especially during the recording when the actor gets adrenaline. They had to be careful not to hurt themselves. When Darek entered during a workout and saw sparks falling off the blade, he said we were ready.
– Baka remembered.
They also talked about the beginnings of production during a meeting with journalists, the makers of "legions".
When Maciej Pawlicki offered me a movie, I first asked if he had any money. He lied to me and said yes. This is a topic that is close to my heart, and the Legion slogan can open levels of altruism in me. But I knew that this movie could not be done badly. The initial valuations were over PLN 31 million. We did not have enough money. We filled the budget hole with our hearts and then with those who worked on this film.
– emphasized Dariusz Gajewski.
Maciej Pawlicki once again explained why the "Legions" direction was entrusted to this artist.
for me Darek Gajewski's debut or "Warsaw", for which he was awarded at the festival in Gdynia. And when Adam Borowski approached me to make a movie about legions, I thought I wanted to do that with someone I like very much as a director. I was told that it should be someone who has already made historic cinema. However, I did not want a historical and pathetic stereotype. I preferred the artist who would do a good movie, and he succeeded.
– said Pawlicki.
The producers of the film are Maciej Pawlicki and Adam Borowski. The screenwriters Tomasz Łysiak, Dariusz Gajewski, Michał Godzic and Maciej Pawlicki. Director: Dariusz Gajewski – Winner of the Golden Lion at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia for the film "Warsaw", winner of the screenplay competition for the film about the Warsaw Uprising. The main author of the photos is Jarosław Szoda ("Afghanistan Mission", "Miracle Merchant", "Firefighters") and the indictment in Rokitna – Arkadiusz Tomiak ("A man with a magic box", "Catacomb", "Karbala", "Roundup "). The realities of the era are meticulously recreated by: Magdalena Luterek-Rutkiewicz (costumes, "Wołyń", "Karbala", "Obława", Anna Dąbrowska (characterization, "Daughters of the Dancer", "Wołyń", "My Nikifor"), Paweł Jarzębski (stage design), "Butler", "Wataha", "Time of Honor"). Cinema Świat is the Polish film distributor. Filming for the film (nearly 60 days in total) began in August 2017 and was completed in April 2019. The budget of the film was 27 million PLN. Photos were implemented in Bieszczady, Cieszyn, Tokarnia, Stradów, Kraków, Mrągowo, Węgrów and Otwock. No animal was injured during the shooting.
In short, adventure film in its best form, full of emotions and real emotions. The premiere is on the 20th of September.